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LoJack leads to arrest in Spotsylvania

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Spotsylvania County authorities were able to locate a stolen car and arrest the woman accused of stealing it with help from an anti-theft system.

According to Capt. Jeff Pearce of the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the home of a man Tuesday who said he had loaned his car to a woman on June 29 and that she had not returned his calls or his car.

The stolen car had a LoJack anti-theft system inside that helped police locate it, Pearce said.

Sheriff’s Office personnel contacted LoJack, which activated the locator system, he said.

Later that same day, Deputy Steve Noakes was on patrol in the Thornburg area when he got an alert that a stolen vehicle was in the vicinity, Pearce said.

Noakes, with help from other deputies, was able to narrow down the location of the stolen vehicle and found it parked in a nearby trailer park in Caroline County, Pearce said.

Spotsylvania deputies, with help from the Virginia State Police and the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, were able to locate and detain the woman who had been driving the car, he said.

Katianne Williams, 28, of Woodford, is charged with unlawful use of a vehicle. She was transported to the Rappahannock Regional Jail on a $1,000 bond.

The stolen car was taken into custody until it could be returned to the rightful owner, Pearce said.

Sheriff Roger Harris said the partnership between the law enforcement agencies and the LoJack communications center had a positive outcome.

“Working together to capture this suspect is just one example of how public safety is a cooperative effort.”

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419